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Penalty Violation Examples

Infractions resulting in Level 1 Penalties may be found Pre-Race, In-Race, and Post-Race.

Level 2 Penalties are typically reserved for circumstances which disprove the likelihood that the violation resulted from an accident, omission, or general misunderstanding of the NASCAR Rules. Violations resulting in Level 2 Penalties also represent the expressly forbidden areas of unauthorized activity in or about the vehicle. Infractions resulting in Level 2 Penalties may be found Pre-Race, In-Race, and Post-Race.

All L1 and L2 Penalties that are discovered In-Race and/or during at-track Post-Race inspection shall result in a Race Disqualification. In addition, they will have the following effects on the Race finish, as applicable:

  • That finish will not count when determining eligibility for the Playoffs, Playoff Points in the Playoff seeding, eligibility for advancement in the Playoffs, eligibility for non-Championship Events, tie-breakers (see Section 17 Points and Point Funds) and as those tie-breakers may be applied relative to finishing positions elsewhere.
  • That finish will not count when determining the Champion and three runners-up in the final Race of the Playoffs.

All L1 or L2 Penalties found after at-track Post-Race inspection has been completed shall result in Points deduction, suspension of crew chief and/or other team members, and fines.

Penalties may be increased due to prior violations or if NEM determines a trend (i.e. the same or similar Rules infractions recurring).

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES MINIMUM PENALTY OPTIONS

LEVEL POINTS
DEDUCTION
SUSPENSION OF
CREW CHIEF AND/OR
OTHER TEAM MEMBERS
FINE
2 75 6 Races $100,000 to $200,000
1 10 to 40 1 to 3 Races $25,000 to $75,000

Rule violations that could result in a Penalty include but are not limited to:

Safety
L1
L2
All L1 and L2 Penalties found In-Race and/or during at-track Post-Race inspection shall result in a Race Disqualification
All L1 or L2 Penalties found after at-track Post-Race inspection has been completed shall result in Points deduction, suspension of crew chief and/or other team members, and fines
Failure to comply with Section 20.2.1 related to personal safety clothing/equipment or driver protective clothing/equipment. Post-Race failure to meet minimum weight. Engine total cubic inch displacement above the maximum allowed or below the minimum required.
Loss of wheel(s) due to improper installation. Post-Race identification of 17 or less lug nuts installed in a safe and secure manner. Three loose lug nuts is a race disqualification. Compression ratio on any cylinder above the maximum allowed.
Loss or separation of added ballast from the vehicle. Vehicle fails Post-Race rear wheel steer inspection as outlined in the penalty chart. Long block engine and internal components that differ from what is required by the Rules (i.e. original source if specified, material, alteration if not permitted, etc.) or fail to meet the minimum or maximum requirements (i.e. dimensions, weight, etc.) or fail to meet the configuration requirements (i.e. location, angle, etc.).
Post-Race identification of one or two lug nut(s) that are not installed in a safe and secure manner. In Cup, one loose lug nut is a $10,000 file, two loose lug nuts are a $20,000 fine and one race crew chief suspension. Unauthorized fuel storage capability aboard the vehicle. Unauthorized engine performance enhancement(s) such as nitrous oxide, whether operational or not; air entering the engine through means other than through the authorized air intake, or through means other than via the restrictor plate or tapered spacer when applicable; intake manifold failing a leak test; unauthorized pressure systems or components relative to the fuel system, whether operational or not.
Failure to comply with Section 20.2.3.5 related to disabling or removing the incident data recorder (IDR). Compromises to the integrity or effectiveness of the following safety elements: fuel cell, fuel cell container, and/or pressurized fuel system components running through the driver’s compartment, unless the compromise clearly resulted from Race damage during that Event. Altering or compromising the standard ECU, its software, or its performance.
Compromises to the integrity or effectiveness of any safety elements not rising to a higher penalty. Major external engine components (i.e. not part of the long block engine) such as intake manifold, engine oil pump, that differ from what is required by the Rules (i.e. original source if specified, material, configuration, alteration in areas not permitted, etc.). Anything which alters or enhances the performance of EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) beyond the parameters which the configuration specified in the Rules allows for.
Added ballast and/or ballast affixed improperly (e.g. shape or weight that does not conform to the ballast requirements; added ballast location in the driver’s compartment). Parts or system configurations installed and/or assembled to circumvent the rule book (examples: rear suspension parts mounted and assembled in a manner so as to allow movement that should not otherwise be available, shock absorbers that show evidence of possible unauthorized modification or alteration or have the wrong internal components). Traction control or traction control componentry, whether operational or not.
Failure to properly mark added ballast per section 20.17.2.1. If a vehicle is found with ballast marked with an organization other than its own, the violation may be considered more severe. Parts that are not properly installed or are made adjustable when not normally intended to be (e.g. bracing which alters the rear deck lid configuration and, in turn, alters how the rear spoiler is measured during inspection). Onboard recording, receiving or transmitting devices, computers, telemetry, and so on, not approved in advance by NASCAR, whether operational or not.
Parts that fail or are improperly installed to fail in their intended use of great importance (e.g. rear wheel well crush panels that fail and allow air evacuation in the trunk area, engine oil reservoir tank encasement cover that fails and allows air evacuation in the driver compartment, shifter boot cover that fails and allows air evacuation through the floorboard). Effecting, modifying and/or altering the standard tires in any way, other than through authorized means.
Parts, systems, devices, omissions, or component failures that could have an effect on what should otherwise be the normal airflow over the body of the vehicle and/or required aerodynamic devices such as the rear spoiler, roof air deflectors, etc. (e.g. repositioning a windshield, repositioning the rear window glass, altering the greenhouse, failure to maintain rear spoiler angle, other than due to crash damage, at Superspeedway Events). Combustion enhancing additives in the oil, oil filter, air filter element, etc.
Parts, systems, devices, omissions, or component failures that could have an effect on the vehicle’s down force (e.g. unauthorized panels). Effecting, modifying and/or altering the standard fuel in any unauthorized manner.
Mandated transmission gears, final drive gears, transmission and final drive gear ratios, and/or their associated drivetrain components failing to meet the Rules, plus any violation of the Rules governing transmission and final drive functionality, configuration, materials, weights, restrictions and/or prohibitions. A violation of the Private Team Testing Policy (See Section 5.1 Private Team Track Testing).
Modifying, altering, repairing or changing a certified chassis unless otherwise permitted under Section 20.3.1.6.2.6 NonMajor Repairs, or failing to maintain the integrity of the chassis barcodes/RFID tags and/or security tape, without prior notice to and approval by NASCAR. Failure to meet the engine seal requirements
Anything which alters or affects the certified engine control system wiring harness and/or the certified engine control system wiring sub-harnesses.
Failure to submit and receive approval of parts in accordance with the NASCAR Rules.
Body panels failing to meet minimum thickness or any indication of acid dipping or chemical milling.
Post-Race body measurements outside of the tolerances permitted as outlined in the rulebook.
Vehicles, equipment, and/or parts failing to meet specifications
Failure to use parts (pit gun, socket, regulator, air pressure, etc.) exactly as issued by the exclusive pit gun supplier or failure to return parts promptly – within one hour of the finish of the Race
Failing Inspections multiple times per Section 8.7
Providing false or misleading frame rail / conical seat X, Y, and Z coordinates
Failure to use the required gas for the pit gun air supply tank per Section 21.2.1.c